Banned Antibiotics on Imported Shrimp Addressed on World Food Safety Day

The United Nations has declared June 7 as the first ever World Food Safety Day. Food safety is the absence — or the limitation to safe, acceptable levels — of hazards in food that may harm the health of consumers. Food-borne hazards can be microbiological, chemical, or physical in nature. They are often invisible to the plain eye, like bacteria […]

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June 5: Fight Against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing

International efforts to ensure the sustainability of fisheries are being seriously compromised by illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. These prohibited practices evade environmental, food safety, labor, and trade laws. The Southern Shrimp Alliance is participating in the “International Day for the Fight Against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing,” a United Nations-sanctioned day to highlight efforts taking place globally, regionally, and nationally […]

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European Commission Audit Report Reveals Reasons for Flood of Indian Shrimp into the United States

On November 8th, the European Commission’s Directorate General for Health and Food Safety made public the report of its audit and evaluation of the Indian government’s control of residues and contaminants in live animals and animal products including controls on veterinary medicinal products. The audit report shows the extensive, unique controls that the Indian government has installed to safeguard against exporting […]

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Another Minh Phu Seafood Refusal for the Third Straight Month; Minh Phu Accounts for Twenty Percent of All Antibiotic-Contaminated Shrimp Refusals in 2017

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has now released information regarding import refusals for last month through November 22, 2017.  Over the first three weeks of November, the FDA reports that only 1 out of the 62 (1.6%) total seafood entry line refusals were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. The FDA has now reported refusing 70 […]

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SSA Supports the Expansion of the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System to Include Imported Seafood

One of the topics of concern raised during the 2017 Scientific Meeting of the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (“NARMS”) was the failure of the system to address antibiotic use in aquaculture and to monitor antimicrobial resistant pathogens present on seafood products sold in the United States.  As currently organized, NARMS allows the public to access data regarding incidents of […]

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Poll Finds 83% of Americans Support New Seafood Traceability Requirements

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 27, 2016 Contacts: Dustin Cranor, 202.341.2267, 954.348.1314 (cell) or dcranor@oceana.org Amelia Vorpahl, 202.467.1968, 202.476.0632 (cell) or avorpahl@oceana.org Poll Finds 83% of Americans Support New Seafood Traceability Requirements Obama Administration Expected to Issue Final Rule to Address Seafood Fraud WASHINGTON – Today, Oceana released a poll http://usa.oceana.org/poll-finds-83-americans-support-new-seafood-traceability-requirements revealing that 83 percent of Americans support new requirements focused […]

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Food Safety and the Proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership

Last September, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) sent a letter to the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) stressing the importance of safeguarding consumer health in negotiations for the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Agreement. Rep. DeLauro explained that food safety concerns were of particular importance “as certain TPP countries have major seafood export industries with whom significant food safety issues have […]

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GAO Issues Report Calling on FDA to Improve Oversight of Imported Seafood

On May 16, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) made public a report prepared for the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation reviewing the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) regulation of banned antibiotics, fungicides, and other harmful drug residues in imported seafood.  The report, “Seafood Safety: FDA Needs to Improve Oversight of Imported Seafood and Better Leverage […]

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Two Seafood Execs Sentenced for Mislabeling

Department of Justice Press Release Posted Thursday, May 5, 2011 Seafood Wholesaler Owners Sentenced in Alabama for Selling Falsely Labeled Fish, Smuggling and Misbranding of Seafood Products WASHINGTON– Karen L. Blyth and David H. M. Phelps were sentenced yesterday in federal court in Mobile, Ala., to 33 months and 24 months in prison, respectively. The pair was also fined $5,000 […]

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Shrimpers Welcome Amendment to Improve Imported Seafood Safety

Tarpon Springs, Fla.— The final Senate version of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act is a major step towards improving the Food and Drug Administration practices with respect to imported seafood.  The legislation includes many reforms similar to the Imported Seafood Safety Act, a bill originally introduced by Senator David Vitter, and reflects the input of the Southern Shrimp Alliance.  […]

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